Car bomb on EU vehicle kills at least three in Afghan capital
By Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson
KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing two Afghan civilians and a British security contractor in the latest attack in the city, officials said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), which advises Afghan law enforcement authorities.
The insurgents have launched a wave of attacks around the country since the drawdown of most foreign troops last year to a small training force of about 12,500.
EUPOL spokeswoman Sari Haukka-Konu confirmed that one of the mission’s vehicles was hit by an explosion near Kabul airport.
She said that three EUPOL personnel survived but another person in the vehicle was killed.
The British embassy later confirmed that a British national was among the dead and the EU said he was a member of the mission’s private security team.
Police spokesman Ebadullah Karimi said that a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla rammed a foreign vehicle on the road from Kabul’s main airport to a NATO military installation nearby.